BT has teamed with a consortium of Asian telecomms suppliers to bid for Singapore?s second operator's licence.
The partners are Singapore Technologies Telemedia, the country?s second largest telecomms supplier; utility and energy group Singapore Power; and Japanese telco NTT.
BT wants to help run Singapore?s Public Basic Telecommunication Services (PBTS) network, which includes both domestic and international public switched telephone services; public switched message services and ISDN. The Singpore telecomms authority will award either one or two licences, for networks to be operational from 2000. Shortlisted companies will be announced in September with successful applicants to be named by mid-1998.
Alfred Mockett, managing director of BT?s global communications division, said Asia is now the primary focus for BT since it announced its intended merger with US-based MCI in November. In particular, BT has been courting NTT for a closer alliance, but this bid is the first time since the BT/MCI merger was mooted that it has formerly worked with the Japanese giant.
Mockett said: ?BT?s participation in a consortium of this calibre reflects the seriousness of our intent in the region.?
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